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Back In the Day

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Photos by Lou Dorsey (Sci Academy) & Burnell Palmer (KIPP Renaissance)  Post Soundtrack: Back in the Day (Ahmad) Exhibit BE: De Gaulle Manor raised a part of our community and Hurricane Katrina killed this place, left it to rot. But Brandon ‘BMike’ Odums and his team were saviors, never in a million years would I have thought that particular apartment complex would rebirth in such a ingenious way. To see all those painters, photographers, poets, graffiti artists, […]

Noirlinians #PhotoNOLA exhibit opening

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Visit the PhotoNOLA Noirlinians page for more info In conjunction with PhotoNOLA 2015, the McKenna Museum of African American art presents a photography exhibition in partnership with Noirlinians, an AfroFashion and culture blog run by Kenyan writer Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa and Liberian designer Denisio Truitt of Dopeciety. The exhibition features four photographers from the Noirlinians blog, Danielle Miles, Asia Vinae Palmer, LaToya ‘Blaze Like Fyre’ Edwards and Patrick Melon {*NOTE: We do not recommend working with […]

Mama Africa

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Photos by Gus Bennett Makeup by Phoenix of Karmen Cosmetics Post Soundtrack: Mama Africa by Peter Tosh Gus: My studio is my sanctuary. It’s where I am most comfortable creating. Before opening my space, I had everything removed from the building. The space was blessed and I played classical and ambient music for about one month before actively photographing anyone or anything. I wanted the vibe to be that of peace and solitude. I wanted my subject to forget the outside […]

No Church in the Wild

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Photos by Blaze Like Fyre Post Soundtrack – No Church in the Wild (Jay Z+Kanye West+Frank Ocean) City Park (Botanical Gardens): When picking the location for this shoot, I thought about how to make the indigo pop.  I knew that anywhere that we shot would have to have  a colorful backdrop.  Though this wall is not hyper-colorful, the muted orange hue accomplished the splash of color necessary to complement the indigo fabric. City Park was the location […]

Creator

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   Photos by Blaze Like Fyre Post Soundtrack – Creator (Santigold) City Park (Botanical Gardens): City Park is a magical place, multilayered, vast, mysterious, enchanting. It was (is) Native land, the Chapitoulas and Houmas once lived here, before the French came.  It was because of those tribes, and their knowledge of alternate, safer routes to the (Misssissippi) River that the land that would later be called New Orleans was even discovered. The spirit of the park resonates […]

Say It Loud…

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Photos by Patrick Melon *NOTE: We do not recommend working with Patrick Melon based on multiple allegations of sexual assault*. Photos have also been removed. Post Soundtrack – Say It Loud (James Brown) Lot by Dbl Blk Cafe: This location is a place central to downtown New Orleans. It made sense to get some of the urban grit that makes any industrialized city recognizable as such. With the golden beams of the sun creating amazing highlight I […]

You Must Learn

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Photos by Patrick Melon *NOTE: We do not recommend working with Patrick Melon based on multiple allegations of sexual assault*. Photos have also been removed. Post Soundtrack – You Must Learn (KRS1) Crescent Park: Crescent Park has a beautiful cityscape in the background showing the layout of the central business district. Its simple and clean cut design in stone is appealing to me in and of itself. My subjects wore their more easily identifiable ‘ethnic’ clothing in this area […]

Ambidextrous

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Denisio and Mwende / Guest Photographer / Our Closet / Uncategorized

Photos by danielle c miles Post Soundtrack – “Ambidextrous” Be Steadwell The Corner: Corners, neutral grounds, stoops, shade trees and corner stores have long been cornerstones in Black communities across the nnorld. From the exchange of neighborhood gossip to political debates, dominos, chess games on legless tables balanced on the knees of the players, to the trading of goods and services beneath signs that scream “NO LOITERING!”– which is perceived as more of a request than […]

Brown Skin Lady

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Denisio and Mwende / Guest Photographer / Our Closet

Photos by danielle c milesPost Soundtrack – “Brown Skin Lady” BlackStar 7th Ward:  This shoot was done in my neighborhood, the 7th ward of New Orleans. Its right outside of the Treme (well it used to be the Treme before they built the Claiborne overpass which divided the Black neighborhood. The Treme is a historically Black  part of New Orleans (the backatown) and is America’s oldest surviving Black neighborhood.

Little Girl Blue

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Photos by danielle c miles Post Soundtrack – “Little Girl Blue” – Nina Simone The Corner: Corners, neutral grounds, stoops, shade trees and corner stores have long been cornerstones in Black communities across the world. From the exchange of neighborhood gossip to political debates, dominos, chess games on legless tables balanced on the knees of the players, to the trading of goods and services beneath signs that scream “NO LOITERING!”– which is perceived as more of […]

It’s a Man’s World

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Photos by danielle c miles – The Corner: Corners, neutral grounds, stoops, shade trees and corner stores have long been cornerstones in Black communities across the world. From the exchange of neighborhood gossip to political debates, dominos, chess games on legless tables balanced on the knees of the players, to the trading of goods and services beneath signs that scream “NO LOITERING!”– which is perceived as more of a request than a demand, cornerstores — these […]

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Photos by Asia-Vinae “Preach” Palmer – The Spirit House: ‘The Spirit House is located at the intersection of St. Bernard Avenue, Gentilly Boulevard, and DeSaix Boulevard, historically known as the DeSaix Circle. John T. Scott, a nationally known artist, and Martin Payton, collaborated on this project. Their goal was to create a work that celebrates the contributions of unnamed African Americans who were instrumental in the cultural and physical development of New Orleans. “The Spirit House […]

Mama Says

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For Wanjiru and Putu Photography by Asia-Vinae “Preach” Palmer Post Soundtrack – “Mama Says” Ibeyi Photos by Asia-Vinae “Preach” Palmer : “The Sister Houses” – Abandoned houses in New Orleans have stories. They are more powerful than the rust that coats the iron gates and more alive than the vines coating the sides of the building. This location is in the middle of Treme and Uptown New Orleans, it is in the heart of the […]

Launch Party Recap!

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All Photos by Blaze Like Fyre of Creative Itch Media Group A Note From Denisio & Mwende – Noirlinians Founders: Before we say anything in this post about the launch party, we’d like to say a massive ASANTE (Mwende) & NAH BISSIEH MU (Denisio) to everyone who helped make the event possible! From our sponsors (#AwayTeam, Blavity and DOPEciety) to our performers (Tank [of Tank and the Bangas], Michaela Harrison & Joy Clark, DJs RQ Away and ReRun) […]

Down By The River – Who Are the Noirlinians?

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Noirlinians is an AfroFashion blog exploring the complex relationship between culture, clothing & identity in the diaspora. Featuring Liberian artist and designer Denisio Truitt of DOPEciety and poet and organizer Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa, the idea for the blog emerged after a fast friendship developed between the two based on their African heritage and artistic interests.

Blog Launch Party July 2nd!

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Noirlinians is launching on July 2nd, 2015 with a special collaborative event with Blavity, the voice of Black millennials. Hosted at the Gravier Street Social Club (just blocks from Canal Street), doors will be open from 5pm-8pm for the evenings events. 5-6pm: Listen to the smooth sounds of RQ Away 6-6:30pm: Performances by acclaimed singers Michaela A. Harrison  and Tarriona “Tank” Ball 6:30-7pm: Noirlinians launch + Artist Meet and Greet 7-8pm: Close out jams by […]